By David J. Howe
After the good fortune of the fourth, 6th, first, 5th and 3rd "Doctor" handbooks, Stammers and Walker have utilized their undisputed expertise for learn and documentation to at least one of the main fondly remembered eras of Britain's maximum technology fiction express.
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Since then the show has increasingly reappraised its approach to all its characters, the prominence given to their personal lives and the extent to which their enemies, and employers, can manipulate them. In the third and fourth seasons of Alias especially, this sense of personal displacement and personal loss of identity and control, aligned to a quest narrative for some overarching ‘ultimate truth’, has moved increasingly inwards. David Cronenberg, director of such solipsistic and existential films as Naked Lunch (1991), eXistenZ (1999) and Spider (2002) tellingly appears in two Season Three episodes in which Sidney’s mind is explored after her memories of the previous two years were wiped clean.
Typically it turns out that one of the main villains of Season One codenamed ‘The Man’ is actually a woman, the very much alive Irina. As a result of an affair with Sloane she gives birth to Nadia, Sydney’s half-sister. Following the Season Three cliffhanger, we discover that Jack assassinated Irina (‘Authorized Personnel Only, Part 2’, 4:2) to protect Sydney. This later turns out to have been a set-up, Jack in fact killing Irina’s double (‘Search and Rescue’, 4:21). Even Sydney’s fiancé and fellow agent Vaughn (whose father was killed by Irina) turns out to be working under an assumed identity (‘Prophet Five’, 5:1).
1 The discourse of Alias, on the other hand, for the most part follows a chronological structure, starting with the dual revelations (to Sydney and to the audience) that SD-6, the organisation she has been working for as a spy, is not part of the CIA (as she had previously believed) and that her (at that time estranged) father works as a CIA double agent inside SD-6. fm Page 23 Saturday, February 10, 2007 12:01 PM The Show Must Go On . . e. the backstory, as well as foreshadowing future events (most notably in relation to Rambaldi’s prophecies).
Doctor Who the Handbook: The Second Doctor (Doctor Who (BBC Paperback)) by David J. Howe